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Wichita Vet Clinic versus Wichita Animal Hospital—What’s the Difference?

When choosing a medical facility to care for your pets, the choices can be overwhelming and the difference between vet clinics and animal hospitals in Wichita can be confusing. Cimarron Animal Hospital has the answers you need to find the veterinarian in Wichita that best meets your pet’s needs.

What is a Vet Clinic?

Vet clinics are what would be considered the most common kind of pet care facility. Vet clinics focus on preventative medicine and wellness checks for your pets and are able to perform minor surgical procedures. Vet clinics are often smaller than animal hospitals simply because the scope of services they provide is more limited.

What is an Animal Hospital?

An animal hospital is usually a larger facility because it offers more services including boarding. Animal hospitals will keep pets overnight if necessary and are equipped to perform more complicated surgical procedures. Often, these facilities have in-house diagnostic equipment including x-rays, laboratories and ultrasounds. Animal hospitals may also have more veterinarians and other certified staff to care for emergency and overnight patients.

How Does Cimarron Animal Hospital Compare?

Cimarron Animal Hospital offers the best of both a vet clinic and animal hospital. Our compassionate, trained staff offers typical vet clinic services including offers wellness services for your pets including vaccinations, microchipping, spay and neutering, dental cleanings and flea and tick prevention.

Because Cimarron is also an animal hospital, we offer extended services such as pet boarding, laser therapy, allergy consultation and more. Additionally, Cimarron Animal Hospital has the diagnostic and surgical capabilities and facilities needed to treat your pet for nearly any situation. Our diagnostic and surgical services include orthopedic x-ray and soft tissue repair, cardiac and oxygen saturation monitoring, and in-house laboratory. We have access to surgical specialists for more complex cases, and offer excellent post-surgical care including pain management and overnight care if necessary. Overall, we have the capability to care for your pet through every step of their life with you.

Our Wichita Veterinarians

Dr. Kara James and Dr. Gary Skinner are board-certified in dogs, cats and exotic animals. They offer compassionate care for pets and pet owners alike. If you’re looking for a Wichita vet clinic or Wichita animal hospital, contact us!

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People Foods Not for Pets Wichita Animal Hospital Cimarron Animal Hospital

You and your pet have all kinds of fun together! You’re best friends so you naturally want to share everything. If you’re thinking about giving your dog or cat a bite of your snack – STOP! Just because “people food” is okay for you to eat, it doesn’t mean it’s safe for your pets. In fact, there are certain people foods that can cause serious illness and even death in animals. The ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center has compiled a list of dangerous foods that you should NEVER feed your pets. If your dog or cat has ingested any of these people foods, then call our Wichita animal hospital immediately!

The Veterinarians of Cimarron Animal Hospital Want Your Pets to Avoid These Dangerous Foods

Chocolate, Coffee and Caffeine
All contain substances from cocoa beans, and all happen to be toxic to your pets. Ingestion by pets can result in hyperactivity, abnormal heart rhythm, vomiting, diarrhea, excessive panting, tremors, seizures and death.

Milk and Dairy
No sharing your ice cream! Dogs are lactose intolerant, which means they have problems digesting dairy products. When pets ingest large amounts of dairy it can result in diarrhea and severe digestion problems.

Candy, Gum and Sweets
All the sweet things you love (including baked goods) contain the sugar alcohol, Xylitol. This is poison for pets. It can cause kidney failure, seizures, liver failure and death.

Salty Foods
No sharing your “after school” snacks like popcorn, pretzels or chips! When pets ingest excessive amounts of salt it can result in vomiting, diarrhea, depression, tremors, sodium ion poisoning, seizure and death.

Oils and fats in nuts can cause severe digestive problems and even pancreatitis. Macadamia nuts are especially dangerous. Ingestion causes weakness, depression, tremors and hyperthermia.

Grapes and Raisins
Healthy after-school-snack for kids – not so much for pets. Grapes and raisins can cause kidney failure in pets. Don’t share no matter how much they beg.

Raw/Undercooked Meat, Eggs and Bones
Unlike their cousins in the wild, domestic animals can no longer process raw meat. Raw meat and eggs also contain Salmonella and E. coli, which can cause serious problems. Raw bones are choking hazards and their sharp splinters can become lodged in your pet’s digestive system.

There is nothing “funny” about giving alcohol to a pet. Never ever give your pet food or drink that contains alcohol. This can result in vomiting, diarrhea, loss of coordination, damage to the central nervous system, abnormal blood acidity, tremors, coma and death.

For more information about harmful people foods for pets, please contact our Wichita animal hospital. The veterinarians of Cimarron Animal Hospital want to keep your pets safe and happy. Contact our vet clinic today to make an appointment!

Did you know that dogs are taken to the vet double the amount of times that cats are?

Often cats only are taken to the vet when they are showing visible signs of illness, not yearly for a checkup, as is recommended. Almost 85% of cats have visited their veterinarian before their first birthday, but more than 50% of those same cats don’t return until they are in obvious pain or have fallen ill.

These statistics are troubling because your vet is the one with a trained eye to be able to see conditions that will affect the health of your cat in the long run. Preventative care instead of reactive care is the safer and easier route for your cat.


August 22nd is National Bring Your Cat to the Vet Day and it’s the perfect reminder that every year, your cat should visit your veterinarian at Cimarron Animal Hospital.

Cats are masters at hiding illnesses or discomfort and preventative care is much easier than reactive care.

During the visits, your veterinarian will give your cat a physical exam, checking for the common signs of sickness. Cats are great at hiding these symptoms and appearing normal, that’s why it’s a necessity to have a veterinarian checking them out once a year. Your vet will also give your cat the necessary immunizations. Which will prevent your cat from catching an infectious disease.

Many cat owners don’t bring their cat in for a yearly checkup because some cats make it nearly impossible. Cat owners know how stressed out your feline friend can become. This stress can manifest in several different ways, including vomiting, hissing, scratching or even biting you.

Try one of the following tips to relax your cat and make your trip to the vet at least a little easier:

  • Leave the carrier out for a few days prior to using it so your cat can get used to being around it.
  • Make the carrier cozier with your cat’s favorite blankets.
  • Practice fake vet trips with your cat and use lots of treats to distract them and make them happy. They will start to associate the car trips with getting treats.

If these tips are just not working, ask the vets at Cimarron Animal Hospital if they would recommend giving your cat a sedative before your next visit to keep your cat calm.

Happy National Bring Your Cat to the Vet Day!

Dogs Have Allergies Too Wichita Animal Hospital Cimmaron Animal Hospital

Allergies are at a record high right now. You might have itchy eyes, a runny nose, and a frog in your throat. Guess what? Your dog suffers from allergies too – just in some slightly different ways. It’s important to keep your dog happy, healthy and safe when the weather starts to warm up. Read the following tips from our Wichita animal hospital to make sure your furry best friend is protected from flea allergy, food allergies and environmental allergies.

Our Wichita Animal Hospital Wants to Protect Your Dog from Allergens

Flea Allergy
Red irritated skin? Hot spots? A lot of itching and scratching? Uh oh! Sounds like your dog is suffering from flea allergy dermatitis. It’s not the actual flea bite that’s causing all the problems. It’s the flea saliva inside the bite that makes your dog miserable. This is a common problem with some easy solutions. When it starts to warm up, comb your dog’s fur once a day with a flea comb and use a light-colored towel to see anything that comes off the hair. Giving your dog regular baths with herbal shampoo will get rid of fleas and sooth your pet’s irritated skin. Fleas are also less attracted to clean animals.

Food Allergies
Red eyes? Coughing and sneezing? Inflamed ears? Swollen paws? Oozing skin? Your dog might have a food allergy. When you give your dog the same food month after month, they sometimes develop an allergic reaction to different ingredients. This is why it’s important to feed your dog a diverse diet. Contact our Wichita animal hospital for treatment options, if your dog is suffering from a possible food allergy.

Environmental Allergies
Ragweed, grasses, pollens, dust mites, cleaning chemicals and fabrics affect dogs just like you and me. You should keep your dog’s environment as clean as possible and watch for allergy symptoms. Give them baths, soak their feet and make sure they have plenty of fresh water.

For more information about dog allergies and ways to treat side effects, please contact our Wichita animal hospital to schedule an appointment. The veterinarians of Cimarron Animal Hospital are dedicated to helping your dogs live healthy and happy lives. Our vet clinic is here to help and answer all your questions!
Did you know that, like humans, dogs and cats can develop allergies? As it turns out, pet allergies are not at all uncommon. Though fairly widespread, determining the cause of irritation to your pet can be a little difficult. As a good pet owner, who wants their pet to live a comfortable life, it is up to us to recognize common allergens, avoid them, and respond to our pets’ reaction. Responding to the reaction can look different for every case. Sometimes you’ll just need to eliminate the cause and sometimes you’ll need to use medication or test your pet’s blood or skin to discover what it is that they have an allergy to.

How Can I Tell That My Pet Has An Allergy?

Usually the allergy will manifest on your pet’s skin. You’ll notice that their skin is overly itchy, red, or flakey. Maybe that’s normal of your pet. Your dog could just be in itchy dog. That’s why it’s important to know what is and what isn’t normal. At the same time, it’s also important to know that, just like with humans, animals can develop allergies later in their life.

Allergic reactions are not solely restricted to just showing up on your pets’ skin. They’ve also been known to an also show up in your pets breathing, causing them to sneeze or wheeze. You’ll notice that their breathing has becoming more labored. Allergies can also give your pet gastrointestinal issues. Generally, food allergies are the cause of a gastrointestinal issue. In this case, your pet will suffer from uncommon consistency in stools, and more flatulence than is typical.

What’s Causing My Pet’s Allergies?
The most reported allergens of pets are:
  • trees
  • grass
  • dander
  • cigarette smoke
  • dust mites
  • shampoo
  • fleas
  • mold
  • medicine
  • cleaning products
  • woods
  • weeds
How Do I Treat My Pet’s Allergies?

The best plan of action is avoidance or elimination of the allergen, which is the easiest solution. If you know that your pet is allergic to a certain tree, don’t let them near it. If your pet is allergic to smoke, don’t smoke around them. If you haven’t been able to figure out what the cause of the allergy is, you’ll need to check in with your vet to do a blood or skin test to determine what the allergen is. It’s a good idea to check in with Cimarron Animal Hospital anyway, just in case the issues your pet is experiencing are something more serious.
Best Dog Breeds for Kids Wichita Animal Hospital Cimarron Animal Hospital

If anything is true in this world it’s one thing – Kids Love Dogs and Dogs Love Kids! There are so many dog breeds to choose from, however, that it can be an overwhelming decision. The veterinarians of Cimarron Animal Hospital know that some dog breeds are better for young children than others. Check out the “Top 5 Dog Breeds for Children” from our Wichita animal hospital.

Our Wichita Animal Hospital Wants Your Child to Find the Perfect Dog

1. Labrador Retriever
Labs are one of the most popular dog breeds in the country! There are three different types – Black, Yellow and Chocolate. Labrador Retrievers are patient, loving, outgoing, obedient, loyal, tough, protective, and are patient with young children who like to push and pull. Labs are very active and love playing outside!

2. Golden Retriever
Golden Retrievers are very similar to Labs and the breeds are closely related. However, Goldens have longer coats and are a little more laid back. Golden Retrievers are intelligent, patient, friendly, devoted, loyal, sweet, social, playful, obedient and beautiful. They love playing outside, so make sure they get plenty of exercise!

3. Collie
“What’s that Lassie? Timmy’s stuck in the well again?” Lassie is one “peach of a pooch.” She also happens to be a Collie! Intelligent, sweet, polite, sensitive and devoted, Collies are perfect family dogs. They are also protective, loving watchdogs for children. Since Collies were originally bred as sheep dogs, they sometimes gently “herd” kids during playtime.

4. Beagle
Beagles can be high-maintenance and a bit eccentric. However, they are also sweet, gentle, happy, intelligent, cute, sturdy, social and energetic. Does that sound like “Snoopy” or what? Beagles also love to play, so they need a lot of attention!

5. Mutts
Some of the best dogs in the world are those without a fancy family tree (Just look at “Old Yeller”). Not only do you save a life by rescuing a mixed-breed from a shelter, you also gain a faithful and loving family member! Mutts are intelligent, friendly, loving, devoted, and loaded with personality! Medium or large-sized dogs are most ideal for kids since small dogs can sometimes be a little “yippy.” Mixed-breeds are also not as prone to some diseases that are more common with purebreds.

For more information about dog breeds and family pets, please contact our Wichita animal hospital. The veterinarians of Cimarron Animal Hospital are dedicated to helping your children find the perfect family pet. Our Wichita animal hospital can’t wait to meet you!
As the weather heats up, your pet may be at risk of being infected by a disease carried by fleas, ticks or mosquitos. When it comes to defense against disease carrying insects, prevention is always the best method. While you’re trying to control the fleas and ticks that have made homes on your pets and inside of your home, you’ll be kicking yourself wishing, “if only I had only just prevented them in the first place.”

Your pet’s fluffy, fur coat is prime real-estate and exactly what fleas and ticks look for in a home. Your pet is the insect equivalent of a dream home to these creepy crawlies. Once they are on your pet, they live off of their blood. What they could possibly be transmitting to your furry friend can be incredibly dangerous for the life of your pet, such as Lyme disease or tapeworms. This kind of infestation is not only dangerous to your pet, but to your whole family because these diseases can be transmitted to humans just as easily.

Heartworm is another dangerous disease carried from one pet to the next through the bite of a mosquito. Once matured, a heartworm is a foot long, living in your pet from 2 to 7 years, depending on your pet’s species, causing lung disease, heart failure and damaging other organs. You should have your pet tested yearly for heartworm and give them a preventative once a month.

There are countless products that you can purchase for the control or prevention of an infestation. Some are topical, while others are taken orally by your pet. It is also important to know that there are a variety of specifications that will factor into the type of product that will be most effective and healthy for your pet. These specifications include, but are not limited to: type of animal, breed, age, health and medications currently being taken. To know the best method of veterinary-approved flea and tick preparations for your pet, speak with your veterinarian.

To be sure that your preventative measures are effective, regularly inspect your pets for ticks or fleas to make sure they haven’t been infected. You will be better able to see these insects where your pet’s fur is thinner, think belly or armpits. If you’re interested in learning tips about prevention, click here:
Winter Pet Care Tips Wichita Veterinarians Cimarron Animal Hospital

Brrr! It’s cold outside! You think you’re cold? So is your dog and cat. Your pets might be covered in fur, but that doesn’t mean they are immune to freezing temperatures, ice and snow. Your animals depend on you to keep them safe and warm in the winter. Don’t let them down! Our Wichita veterinarians have several winter safety tips to help protect your faithful, furry pals.

The Wichita Veterinarians of Cimarron Animal Hospital Want to Help Keep Your Pets Safe This Winter

Winter Veterinary Exams

Cold weather can aggravate existing conditions in your pet such as arthritis – especially in older animals. Winter is the perfect time to take your pet to the animal hospital for a routine checkup. Our Wichita veterinarians will make sure your dog or cat is healthy, and help determine treatment plans to assure their winter safety!

Pets Get Cold Too!

Dogs and cats come in all shapes, sizes, ages and breeds. These factors greatly affect their tolerance to the cold. Older pets are at higher risk for slipping and falling on ice. Pets suffering from arthritis or heart disease have more difficulty regulating their body temperature. Smaller animals and those with short hair tend to get cold faster. Larger animals with thick coats stay warm longer; however, they also need protection from freezing temperatures. It’s important to pay attention to how the cold affects your pet and make the necessary adjustments. If you put your animal in "pet sweaters," change them regularly to make sure they are not damp or wet. Go for shorter walks and make sure your pets have protection from the elements. Their lives depend on it! Watch for signs of discomfort, hypothermia and frostbite. If your pet exhibits symptoms, please contact our Wichita veterinarians immediately.

Get Cozy Indoors

Do not leave your dog or cat outside in below-freezing temperatures for extended periods of time. Their “fur coat” only gives them so much protection. Huskies and malamutes are bred for cold conditions, but all animals have their limits. With too much exposure, your pets can be susceptible to frostbite, hypothermia and death. Give your companion a break by bringing them inside your house once in a while. This is especially important for smaller and older animals.

Give Your Animal Shelter

If your pet is spending any time outside, they will need a dry and warm shelter for protection against the wind, ice, snow and cold. The entrance should be facing away from the direction of the wind. Their outdoor shelter needs to be insulated with hay, blankets, cushions, and anything else that keeps them warm. Avoid space heaters, lamps and electric blankets, which can cause serious burns. Animals like variety so give them a couple different shelter options if possible. Provide constant access to fresh drinking water and regularly change water bowls that have frozen over.

Outdoor Activities

Shorten your walks when it gets cold outside. Keep your pet away from frozen antifreeze spills to avoid poisoning, and make sure there are no sleeping cats underneath your car before starting your engine. Stay away from frozen bodies of water when walking your dog. There are countless tragic stories that involve a dog falling through the ice and their owner jumping in after to save them. It often ends with the deaths of both dog and owner. Use a leash and stay away from ponds, lakes and rivers in the winter.

For more information about pet safety and treatments, please contact the Wichita veterinarians of Cimarron Animal Hospital. Our vet clinic is dedicated to helping you and your pet live happy and healthy lives together!
Spring Dangers For Your Pet

Spring is nearly here which means warmer weather to play, take walks and enjoy! Spring does have some dangers, however for your pets so be sure to do what you can to keep them safe.

1. Easter baskets—While kids love Easter baskets, the contents—especially chocolates—are toxic to dogs. Be sure you keep these treats up where your pet can’t reach, and if you hide plastic eggs in the yard, make sure you pick them all up. Your child might not be able to find an egg, but your dog will have no trouble!

2. Allergies—Pets can have allergies too. Keep an eye on your pet to see if they are having allergic reactions. If allergies are an issue, your pet might scratch more, sneeze, cough, lick and chew. If you suspect an allergy, call Cimarron Animal Hospital and we can help.

3. Plants and flowers—Spring brings out the beauty—and danger—in your backyard. Lillies in particular can make dogs sick and are deadly to cats. When planning your landscaping, avoid azaleas and rhododendrons, which are highly toxic to pets. Some mulch can contain coffee grounds which, if ingested, can lead to caffeine toxicity in animals so be sure to check labels.

4. Bugs—Warmer weather brings back bugs including mosquitos, ticks and fleas. Make sure you are giving your pet heartworm medication and flea and tick prevention medication.

5. Cleaning supplies—When you start spring cleaning, remember to keep your pets away from surfaces until they are dry. Chemicals and even some natural products can make your pets sick if they are ingested or absorbed.

6. Unplanned breeding—Every year, 2.1 million dogs and cats are euthanized each year. Spaying and neutering your pets is the best way to prevent unplanned breeding and more unwanted animals on the streets and in shelters.

7. Stagnant water—Check your yard for standing pools of water which can harbor bacteria that can cause serious tummy issues for your pet. These pools of water also create a perfect breeding ground for mosquitos which can infect your dog with heartworms.

Spring is an amazing time to get back to outdoor activities with your pet, but take the time and effort to make sure they are staying safe. However, if your pet does need medical attention, the staff and doctors at Cimarron Animal Hospital are here for you!
Keeping Your Cat Healthy-Cat Hospital Wichita KS-Cimarron Animal Hospital

You’ve given your cat or kitten a loving home, but the responsibility of pet ownership doesn’t end there! It’s important to keep your cat healthy by taking him or her to the vet clinic for routine examinations. Cats are independent animals, which gives the false impression that they need less care than dogs. This is maybe why twice as many cats never visit the animal hospital for check-ups. The veterinarians of our cat hospital Wichita, Kansas want to make sure your pet stays healthy and happy!

What Should You Expect When Visiting Our Cat Hospital Wichita, Kansas?

You should take your cat to the vet clinic at least once a year. If you have an older animal, then more frequent visits might be necessary. Our veterinarians evaluate and discuss your cat’s behavior, nutrition, and home environment. Cimarron Animal Hospital will conduct a physical examination of your cat’s: weight, muscle tone, coat, fur, skin, ears, eyes, mouth, teeth, gums, joints, abdomen, spine, heart, lungs, and underneath the tail. In this way, our veterinarians will be able to evaluate your pet's current health, and detect any conditions that might become serious in the future. Taking preventative action by treating diseases and parasites early on can save your pet’s life.

It’s important not to distract your cat or the veterinarian during the physical examination. Save questions and comments until after it’s completed. Your veterinarian will then discuss a plan to keep your cat healthy, and/or any treatment options that might be needed. Ask the vet questions such as: Is my cat the right weight? Were there any abnormalities? How often should I exam my cat at home?

For more information about cat care, please contact the friendly veterinarians of Cimarron Animal Hospital. Our cat hospital Wichita is dedicated to making sure your cat or kitten receives the quality care they deserve!
Valentine's Day is coming soon and while you won't be sending flowers to your pets, you can show your pet you love them in a variety of ways!

  1. Feed your pet health food. The way to a pet's heart can be through their stomach but stay away from human food which is often too fatty and can contain food that is harmful to your animal. There are tons of pet food options and you might feel overwhelmed. If this happens, just ask your veterinarian for their suggestion.
  1. Make sure they exercise! Most pets love to play, so play with them! If you have a yard, take your dog outside and play fetch, or run with them. Most dogs love to go on walks and if you have them properly leashed, and the weather is good (not too hot or too cold), you can help burn off all the extra energy they have. If you have a cat, get them to exercise with a wand toy or balls. Whatever you choose to do, have fun!
  1. Intentionally observe what they want to do. Dogs and cats might not speak English, but they have body language that can tell you what they like and don't like. Pay attention to this body language and respect the feelings of your pet. If they don't seem to enjoy wrestling, don't let them do that. If something scares them, don't keep doing that activity.
  1. Show your pet you love them by paying attention to them! Dogs and cats are social creatures that love to spend time with their humans. When you get home, be sure to greet your pets. It's been a long day without you (at least in the pet's perspective) and they want to show you you've been missed so return the favor! Set aside time to pet them, talk to them and play for even just a minute before you get engaged in something else. You might consider giving them a treat (Dog Treats / Cat Treats) once in a while as well to give that little bit of extra love and attention to them.
  1. Last and certainly not least, is make sure they have annual check-ups at Cimmaron Animal Hospital. Dogs should receive annual vaccinations and dental cleanings. The veterinarian will check your animal for parasites, heartworm, skin problems and issues with ears and eyes. Be sure to mention any changes in your dog's behavior that might have an underlying medical cause. Cats have similar examinations but may also undergo testing for kidney problems. Making sure your pets are healthy is perhaps the best way to let them know you love them.
Things to Remember Before Visiting Dog Vet - Cimarron Animal Hospital

You have a new dog and you couldn’t be more excited! Make sure you take care of your new BFF by taking your dog or puppy to the dog vet for a check-up. Our veterinarians make sure your dog is both happy and healthy. Before your first visit to our animal hospital, there are several tips to remember to make it a stress-free experience.

We Want You to Have a Positive Experience When Visiting Our Dog Vet Wichita, KS

1. Make sure your dog is wearing a leash, collar or harness.

2. Your dog or puppy might feel anxious during their visit to the veterinarian. Keep him or her entertained with a toy or a treat (if they are allowed), while you’re in the waiting room.

3. Call the veterinarians at Cimarron Animal Hospital the day before to confirm your appointment. Ask if there are any special instructions you need to follow before your visit.

4. Arrive early! Allow yourself extra time to fill out registration and paperwork. It’s also less stressful for you and your pet when you’re not feeling rushed.

5. Our dog vet does everything possible to minimize your wait time. However, sometimes emergencies come up that slow things down. Be patient and know that your dog or puppy will be seen as soon as possible.

6. Please bring your dog or puppy’s adoption papers, so our veterinarians know what diseases your pet had and what vaccines were given to them in the past. This helps our veterinarians make sure your BFF is getting the correct tests and treatments.

7. What is your dog’s diet? What does he or she do for exercise? How is she doing at home? What shelter did your puppy come from? Be ready to answer questions about your dog or puppy, so we know how to give them the best care possible!

For more information about bringing your dog or puppy to the dog vet, please contact the friendly veterinarians at Cimarron Animal Hospital. We are dedicated to making sure your dog is getting the care and attention they deserve!
Dogs and cats, like humans, need access to warmth in the cold. Our pets depend on us to provide them with warm beds and shelter. With temperatures in Wichita quickly dropping, it is also important to get your animal in for their annual wellness visit.

Once your pet gets the all clear, you will want to make sure that you provide essential protection from the elements for daily activities like walks. Though many breeds have naturally thick hair, they still need at least an additional layer to help them maintain ideal body temperatures while playing in the cold. Likewise, if your dog or cat suffers from ailments like arthritis, you may need to take additional precautions to keep their joints warm and as pain-free as possible. The colder weather may compel you to take your pet on shorter walks throughout the day.

Like humans, animals like options. If possible, offer a couple of shelter alternatives for your pet to chose from. Additionally, it is important to provide them with adequate food and water. With freezing temperatures rapidly approaching, invite your pets inside. Even with an extra layer and a shelter, freezing weather can be perilous for outdoor pets.

After outdoor play in the cold, always check your dog’s paws for hidden moisture and cracks in the skin. Dry your dog’s coat and paws immediately to remove the moisture; never place an electrical heater in your pet’s shelter for added warmth. It is also important to keep your home warm while you are away at work. Indoor cats and dogs need a cozy home to keep them healthy in the winter months.  

Following these tips will help your dog or cat stay warm this winter!

For more information about pet safety and treatments, please contact the Wichita veterinarians of Cimarron Animal Hospital. Our vet clinic is dedicated to helping you and your pet live happy and healthy lives together!

How many times have you begged mom and dad, “Can we please, please, please, PLEASE get a PET!?” It’s true that caring for a new pet is a lot of work. However, pet ownership also teaches kids responsibility and compassion. It also fills their lives with unconditional love and friendship! Our veterinary clinic knows that matching the right pet with the right kid can make all the difference in the world.

Our Veterinary Clinic Recommends Several Ideal Pet Options for Kids

Betta Fish
Goldfish are super pretty, but they can also be high-maintenance. Betta fish are a much better choice for your child’s aquarium. They are easy to care for and come in orange, violet, red and green. They need clean water at about 77 degrees Fahrenheit, but make sure they swim alone. Two betta fish in one aquarium will fight and injure each other.

Small Lizards
Low-maintenance, friendly, tough and COOL – what’s a better first pet for a kid than a small lizard? The most popular are the bearded dragon and leopard gecko. Make sure you keep them at a safe temperature (80 to 95 degrees Fahrenheit), and don’t squeeze them too tight!

While hamsters are popular, they can also be aggressive and a bit “nippy.” Guinea Pigs are more gentle with friendly dispositions. Kids get a big kick out of their happy squeals and soft fur. “Fancy” rats (not dumpster rats) also make surprisingly good pets. They don’t mind being handled, are good-natured, and extremely intelligent.

Older Dogs & Cats
Puppies and kittens sure are cute! They’re also A LOT of work for 5 or 6-year-old kids. Younger children are actually better off with an older cat or dog that is already trained. Depending on the breed, older animals are more tolerant of kids. Make sure you choose a gentle cat that’s less likely to scratch. Larger dogs, like Labs and Retrievers, make perfect companions, protectors and playmates.

If you have questions about pet care and types of pets, please contact the friendly team at Cimarron Animal Hospital for more information. Our veterinary clinic wants to help your pets lead happier and healthier lives!
Friendly Pet Boarding Services Wichita Vet Clinic Cimarron Animal Hospital

Your family is planning a fun summer vacation! Reservations have been made, tickets are booked, bags are packed, and you're looking forward to some fun away from home. Life is good! There's only one problem. Who's going to take care of your furry pal when you're gone? Being away from your pet for an extended period of time is stressful for both animals and pet owners. Our Wichita vet clinic makes things easier with our safe and friendly pet boarding services. Cimarron Animal Hospital wants to put your fears at rest by giving your pet a “home away from home.”

Our Wichita Vet Clinic Offers Safe Pet Boarding Services

There's no reason to stress out when you have to leave your pet behind. Your animal is in good hands with our caring professionals. Our Wichita vet clinic offers personalized pet boarding that serves the best interests of your loving pet. Before your trip, contact Cimarron Animal Hospital to discuss length of stay, boarding options, accommodations, and drop-off and pick-up instructions. Your pet may be dropped off at our Wichita vet clinic for boarding at any time during regular business hours.

Our trusted Wichita veterinarians keep a close eye on your animals to make sure they stay in excellent health. Unlike impersonal dog kennels, the Cimarron staff is able to treat your pet during a health emergency with expert veterinarian medicine. Dogs and cats are fed two times a day with Eukanuba premium pet food. Owners also have the option of providing a special diet for their pet. Dogs are walked a minimum of three times a day, which also includes weekends. Your pets aren't ignored and we create a safe environment for your animals. Our goal is to create a “home away from home.” At the end of your vacation you will be reunited with the same healthy, happy pet you left behind!

For more information about our pet boarding services, please contact Cimarron Animal Hospital. Our Wichita vet clinic is dedicated to personalized care to further the health and happiness of your pet!


It’s been a long, action-packed summer filled with fun in the sun. Now we’ve reached the “dog days” of summer and it HOT! Unfortunately, this time of year can be extremely dangerous to dogs, cats, rabbits and other pets. They depend on you for their health and survival, so it’s important not to let them down. Our veterinary hospital wants to remind pet owners to take extra special care of their animals during the hottest months of the year!

Protect Your Animals with Summer Pet Care Tips from our Veterinary Hospital

Dehydration & Heat Stroke
Make sure your pet has enough fresh, clean water and a place where they can protect themselves from the sun. Pets most at risk for heat stroke are those with thick fur coats or are overweight. Dogs with short noses (like bulldogs and pugs) also have a hard time panting to keep cool.

Pets that spend any time outside in the summer are at high risk for ticks. Make sure you check your pets at least once a day, especially after walks. Ticks can give your pet a wide variety of diseases, so it’s important to pay attention. Contact our veterinary hospital for recommendations on the best tick medications.

Pools & Lakes
Not all animals like the water or know how to swim very well. Don’t force your pets into the pool or lake. If they enjoy swimming, rinse off all bacteria and chlorine afterwards that can be harmful to their health.

Hot Vehicles
Never, ever leave your dog or cat in the car while you run an errand! This can have serious consequences on the health of your pet. The high temperatures inside your vehicle can even claim their life.

Now you and your pet are ready to successfully navigate the “dog days” of summer! If your pet is suffering from sickness or injury, then call your veterinary hospital immediately for assistance. For more pet care tips, please contact the friendly team at Cimarron Animal Hospital!
Keeping Cats Cool This Summer–Veterinarians Wichita, KS-Cimarron Animal Hospital

It's hot outside – must be summer! While you wear shorts and sandals, your cat is stuck with a permanent “fur coat.” Summer can get pretty miserable for your furry feline friend if you don't take the right precautions. Your cat depends on you to help them stay cool and safe when the weather heats up. Over exposure to heat can result in dehydration, heatstroke, heat exhaustion, respiratory problems, illness and even death. Our veterinarians Wichita, KS want to help your “cool cats” stay cool for a safe and fun summer!

Summer Cat Care Tips from Our Veterinarians Wichita, KS

Never Leave Your Cat in the Car!
Not even for a minute! The temperature in a parked car will skyrocket to dangerous heat levels. This would be a tragic death for your loving pet. Bring your cat inside with you, or drop them off at home if you're going to be running a lot of errands.

Like all living things, kitties need water to stay hydrated during the day. Make sure your cat has plenty of fresh, clean water throughout the house. Change their water dishes regularly. You can even drop in a few ice cubes to make their water nice and cool.

Cool Area
Make sure your cat has a cool area inside the house, and they have room to move around. Give them access to rooms with tiled floors, and draw the curtains to keep out the sun. Use a small fan next to your cat's favorite spot so she can feel the breeze. Ceiling fans and air conditioning also help cool things down.

Place cool towels or cold water bottles in your cat's bed. Use legs to elevate the bed to allow airflow underneath. This will keep your cat cool while she sleeps. Do NOT use gel cold packs. The gel material used inside these packs are deadly to your cat if ingested.

Wet Cloth
Pet and groom your cat with a cool, wet cloth. She will love it!

Play with your cat later in the day when it starts to cool off. You don't want her exercising too much during the hot parts of the day. She could easily overexert herself and become dehydrated.

Follow these simple steps and your cat will have a safe and happy summer! If she is panting a lot, drooling, having problems breathing, or is losing consciousness, please call or visit Cimarron Animal Hospital immediately. Our veterinarians Wichita, KS give your pets the best care possible. For more information on cat care tips for the summer, contact our vet clinic. Our veterinarians Wichita, KS can't wait to meet you!
Cat Care Tips for New Pet Owners Cimarron Animal Hospital

Congratulations! You just adopted a new cat! You now have a furry best friend to love and play with. However, cat adoption comes with a few challenges. Your new kitty will be afraid of her new surroundings and probably find a hiding spot. Don’t worry! With a few easy cat care tips, you can help your new pet feel right at home!

Make Your Cat Feel Safe with These Cat Care Tips

Prepare Your Home
    • Unexplored spaces make cats feel uneasy. Your cat is entering a home she’s never seen before, so it’s natural that she’s wary. Create a cat friendly “safe haven” in the bathroom or laundry room that she can call her own. Include a litter box, food dish, and water bowl so she can have her privacy.
    • Cats love scratching things to wear down their claws. If you don’t want your furniture damaged, give your kitty her own scratching post (with catnip) in each room.
    • Are there any breakable items on the top of cabinets or shelves? You might want to remove them, because cats are climbers!
Day One
    • Bring your new cat home in a cat carrier to avoid stressing her out. Take her directly to the “cat haven” you prepared in advance.
    • Hugs and kisses? Give her space and be patient. Some cats are so frightened that they hide and only come out at night. Let your cat come to you and don’t force the issue.
    • Your cat may not have much of an appetite her first day. She’ll eat more once she becomes more comfortable in her surroundings. Make sure her food and water dishes are fresh and that she’s drinking. If it’s been several days and your cat still isn’t eating, then call our veterinary hospital for help.
The Next Few Weeks
    • It takes time, but your new cat should be fully adjusted in 1-2 weeks.
    • You need to schedule a medical checkup for your kitty within 7 days of your pet adoption. Call the friendly staff of Cimarron Animal Hospital for an appointment :)
After following these cat care tips, the both of you are ready to become the “best friends forever” you were always meant to be! For more information about cat care, please contact the pet experts of Cimarron Animal Hospital
Signs Your Dog is Feeling the Heat Wichita Vet Clinic Cimarron Animal Hospital Wichita KS

Summer is here again! Time for you and your furry pal to enjoy fun in the sun. Since your pets wear a “permanent fur coat,” it's important to make sure they keep cool and safe during the summer months. Dogs and cats need plenty of fresh water and shelter from the sweltering sun. It's also important to keep a close eye on your pet for signs of heat exhaustion and stroke. Watch your dog for these warning signs, so you can take good care of your pooch!

Our Wichita Vet Clinic Wants Your Dog to Keep Safe This Summer

Panting and Drooling
Excessive drooling and panting means your dog is having problems staying hydrated. Panting is the way dogs “sweat.” Rapid panting means your dog has overexerted herself physically. You need to stop playing or cut your walk short. Find a cool place to rest – either in the shade or an air-conditioned room. Make sure to give your dog plenty of fresh water.

Gums and Tongue
When body heat rises in dogs, the gums and tongue become darker in color. They can also become paler in color if your dog is suffering from heatstroke. This is why it's so important to regularly check your pooch's mouth.

Vomiting and Diarrhea
This is a serious sign of dehydration that should not be ignored. Contact our Wichita vet clinic immediately.

Lethargy and Depression
The heat can make anyone tired. However, if your dog is “sleepier” than normal or is having trouble getting up, then it might be a sign of a more serious problem. Excessive heat can cause internal organs to shut down. Give us a call if you notice a decrease in your dog's energy, mood swings, or if they are having trouble balancing.

As you can see, it's extremely important to keep on eye on your dog during the summertime. Your pets rely on you for protection. Fresh water, rest, shelter and access to an air-conditioned room can all save your dog's life. If your dog is suffering from any of the symptoms above, please contact our Wichita vet clinic for assistance. The Wichita veterinarians of Cimarron Animal Hospital are here to help!
Summer Pet Care Cimarron Animal Hospital

The last school bell has rung its last ring, and that can only mean one thing. Summer Vacation is here! Three months of freedom. Time to scream and shout! Bike rides, playtime, swimming pools, baseball, building forts, catching fireflies – the days are PACKED! Summer also gets really hot, which can make things uncomfortable. You think you’re hot? Well, your faithful dog and cat are both covered in FUR! You can bet that they’re feeling pretty “toasty.” The summer months can be dangerous for your pets, so it’s important to give them the pet care they need to survive the heat.

There are Several Important Summer Pet Care Tips for Kids to Remember

It’s HOT – Keep It COOL!
Take summer temperatures seriously. You get hot and dehydrated, and so do your pets. The difference is that you can sit by the air-conditioner drinking lemonade whenever you feel like it. Dogs and cats are limited in their choices for beating the heat. Humans get cool by sweating, while dogs do so by panting. Dogs with flat faces (like Pugs), however, are unable to pant as easily and are at a higher risk for heat stroke. Older and overweight pets are also more susceptible.

Unlike wild animals, pets rely on their owners to help them survive the elements. Take care of your pet by making sure they have access to cool, fresh water, and a place where they can take shelter from the sun. Your animals can also suffer from sunburns, so check with your veterinary hospital about the best types of pet care sunscreens.

Summer Gets “Buggy”
The sun is out, so here come the bugs! Fleas, ticks, mosquitos, flies, wasps, ants, and other pests are everywhere in the summertime. Flea collars and ear ointments can protect your outdoor pets from nasty bites and stings. Also make sure your pet has a house or shelter where they can find relief from swarms of biting insects. Check your dog and cat for ticks before they come inside. Talk to your veterinary hospital for more about treatment options.

Harmful Chemicals
Lawn fertilizers and pesticides can significantly harm your dogs and cats, so make sure your lawn uses “pet friendly” products. Overheated automobiles also leak toxic antifreeze that cats and dogs might drink and swallow. This can result in the death of your pet. Keep your animals away from these puddles, and make note of any spills under the cars of neighbors.

Summer is a time for fun! Remember that your pet needs your help to stay safe when the temperatures rise. By following these easy tips, you and your pet will be well on your way to having the best summer ever! If you have any questions about pet care, please contact Cimarron Animal Hospital for more information.
Cat Care 101Wichita Animal Hospital

Here kitty, kitty, kitty! You just adopted a brand new cat. We are so happy for you! You and your furry feline friend have a lot of good times ahead. Our Wichita animal hospital wants to make sure your cat stays happy and healthy with some “Cat Care 101” tips!

Learn How to Care for Your Cat with Tips from Our Wichita Animal Hospital

Feed Your Cat
Cats and especially kittens need healthy food to grow big and strong. Choose a brand-name cat or kitten food that has the right vitamins and nutrients for a healthy diet. The type of food will depend a lot of on your cat's age, activity level and health. Contact our Wichita veterinarians for food suggestions, serving sizes and health tips!

Groom Your Cat
Cats do a great job of cleaning themselves. However, this can result in shedding and hairballs. Brush your cat's coat frequently to help with the grooming process.

Lifting Your Cat
Never by the scruff of the neck or by the front legs – meow! Be gentle. Use one hand underneath the front legs, and place your other beneath the cat's hindquarters.

Shelter for Your Cat
Your cat or kitten needs a soft, dry clean bed to sleep in. They are also safer indoors. Leaving your cat outside puts them in danger of attacks from dogs, coyotes, owls, hawks, and even other cats. They also run the risk of being hit in the street by a car.

ID Tags
When you do take your cat outside, make sure he or she is wearing a collar with identification tags. Microchipping the ID tag will also make it easier to find your cat if he or she becomes lost.

Litter Box
Every cat needs a litter box someplace safe and quiet in the house. Clean and refresh it regularly, and try not to move it in order to avoid confusing your cat.

Scratching Post
Cat's need to scratch – it's just what they do. Make sure they don't scratch your furniture, arms, or clothes! Get your cat a scratching post that's sturdy and at least three feet high. Cutting your cat's nails every 2 to 3 weeks also helps. Contact our Wichita animal hospital for more information about the safest ways to trim your cat's nails.

It's important to visit our Wichita animal hospital once a year for your cat's annual checkup. Our veterinarians will check overall health, diet, make vaccination recommendations, and talk about spaying and neutering options.

For more information about “Cat Care 101,” please contact Cimarron Animal Hospital. Our Wichita veterinarians can't wait to meet you and your cat or kitten!
It’s the big day! You went through the pet adoption process, and found the perfect addition to your family. Your new puppy is coming home! However, the first night isn’t all snuggles, rainbows, and sugar kisses. It’s the first night your puppy has been away from her mother, brothers, and sisters. Out of fear and loneliness, she’s going to whine and cry out for the rest of her pack. Don’t worry. You and your new puppy will be just fine!

Our veterinary hospital has several tips to make your puppy’s first night easier.

Getting Ready for Bed
Puppies are filled with unlimited energy! Before bedtime, play with your puppy so she’s nice and tuckered out. This will help her sleep through the night. To avoid frequent bathroom trips, take your puppy outside so she can relieve herself. No food and water after 7 p.m. will also help prevent accidents, since your puppy hasn’t been house trained. 

Sweet Dreams, Pup!
In order to ease the transition, let your puppy sleep in your room. This will establish yourself as the new “pack leader,” and make her feel less lonely and afraid. While it may be tempting to snuggle your new pup, you shouldn’t let her sleep in your bed. This will only create future behavioral problems and bad habits. In the puppy’s bed, place a shirt or blanket with your scent, and a ticking clock to help her relax.

Crying & Whining
It’s natural for puppies to cry and whine during the night. She either needs to go outside or wants attention. Puppies usually have to relieve themselves every few hours, so plan on taking her out at least two times. If your puppy wants attention, give her a pat but don’t overdo it. You don’t want to reward bad behavior. Sometimes a little “tough love” is needed with a firm “Be quiet!” Your puppy will stop crying at night after she becomes comfortable in her new surroundings. A little patience and understanding goes a long way!

Rise and Shine!
Congratulations! You made it through your first night. Carry your puppy outside so she can relieve herself, and give her love and praise. You both might be a little sleepy, but it’s the beginning of a beautiful friendship!

If you have any questions regarding your puppy’s care or health, please contact the friendly staff at Cimarron Animal Hospital. Our veterinary hospital offers superior services for pets in Wichita and across the state of Kansas. Please contact our veterinary hospital today to make an appointment!